If your little sluggers spent the winter working on their Minecraft game and not their baseball swing, now’s the perfect time to head out to a local batting cage and get them geared up for the next big game. Baseball and softball players will gain confidence when they are able to work on their swinging techniques without the distraction of other players. Many of these local batting cages even offer coaching if you need a little extra boost after a winter indoors.

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San Francisco

Batter’s Box SF
Crissy Field is home to Batter’s Box SF where your kids can enjoy a baseball, softball (both fast pitch and slow pitch) and whiffle ball batting cage experience. Step up to the plate and watch for the HD resolution video of a pitcher releasing the ball before you take your big swing. Work on your game with a lesson or seasonal camp, throw a birthday party, rent a cage for a team or enjoy America’s favorite pastime with your kids. Membership options are available for frequent visitors and you can save a few bucks when you reserve your time online.

933B Old Mason Street
The Presidio
Online: battersboxsf.com

San Francisco Baseball Academy
Batter up at one of the four hitting tunnels at this Laurel Heights batting facility that also has a pitching mound to practice your best curveball. Batters will benefit from Video Swing Analysis that shows live feedback of the hitter’s swing path. Spectators can head upstairs for a view of the whole facility. Participate in hitting drills with the SFBA coaches during open hitting hour or book some private coaching time in one of the cages.

The Bridge Theatre
3010 Geary Blvd.
Online: sfbaseballacademy.com

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Future Pro Baseball
Operated by former San Francisco Giant Terry Whitfield, Future Pro Baseball offers LED pitching machines that provide a realistic game-like experience to improve hitting. Two speed, left and right handed pitches are available and softball players can hit on both slow and fast pitch machines.

1704 Rollins Road
Burlingame, Ca
Online: futureprobb.com

The Cage
This 5,000 square foot training facility offers five professional-grade batting cages and two clay pitching mounds. Sign up for private lessons with one of the on-site coaches. Or, book some team time in one of the cages and add on pitching or batting instruction by a Cage staff member. Players’ clinics are offered throughout the year.

25 Karen Road
Belmont, Ca
Online: cagebaseball.com

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South Bay

Sirious Baseball
This brand new facility offers extra wide cages so that you don’t hit the netting when you swing. Batters hit into the open space of the facility so that they can see the ball’s flight and improve swings. A parents’ lounge includes free WiFi and a viewing deck to watch the action below.

1520 Dell Avenue, Suite A
Campbell, Ca
Online: siriousbaseball.com

South Bay Sports Training and Batting Cages
Over 26,000 square feet of space, plentiful parking and a snack shop make this a great location to bring the kids for some batting practice. South Bay offers both coin-operated pitching machines as well as the option for live batting practice with pitches thrown by a staff member. Choose from 6 baseball batting cages (with varying speeds available), one slow-pitch softball cage and one fast-pitch softball cage. They also offer camps and clinics throughout the year.

995 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, Ca
Online: southbaytraining.com

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East Bay

Next Level Softball and Baseball Academy
This Alameda facility is less recreational batting cage and more academy where athletes come to learn. High-tech pitching machines with remotes (to stop the balls when you are getting instruction from your coach) can pitch curveballs, sliders and everything in between from both right and left-handed pitchers. Hitting and pitching lessons are available as well as group training sessions for your little league team.

1710 Lincoln Avenue
Alameda, Ca
Online: nextlevel-alameda.com


Linedrive Baseball and Softball
Linedrive’s facility is 17,000 square feet and includes four automated batting cages, eight batting cage tunnels, a full Little League-sized turf infield, a strength and conditioning area, whiffle ball field, arcade, members lounge and two party rooms. Join in the bargain fun on Friday nights where you get one hour of hitting instruction for $20. Summer and school holiday camps are offered for kids ages 6 to 13.

3160 Kerner Blvd.
San Rafael, Ca
Online: linedrivebaseballandsoftball.com

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–Kate Loweth